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June 12, 1943


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From the Department of Dermatology, School of Medicine, University of Pittsburgh.

JAMA. 1943;122(7):436. doi:10.1001/jama.1943.72840240002009a

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Because of an apparent increased incidence of nail polish dermatitis and because the condition is so frequently not recognized, we venture again to call it to the attention of the profession.

Within a period of twenty-three days recently we have seen 25 cases. None of these had been recognized. The condition varied in duration from a few days to several months. A representative percentage of the group of patients had been under dietary and other internal forms of treatment, including that directed toward "acidity." The majority of these patients presented a simple dermatitis with edema of the eyelids associated with a dermatitis of varying severity involving the neck. Several presented areas of dermatitis over the shoulders where contact was made in the adjusting of shoulder straps. The patches developed on the thighs where contact was made by the patient pulling down her girdle while dressing. Two instances were noted on

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